Published On: Thu, Sep 6th, 2012

Wellingborough Town 0-3 Bugbrooke St Michaels

A disastrous start to the second half ultimately cost Wellingborough Town FC a place in the second round of the FA Vase. The Doughboys crashed out, losing 3-0 to United Counties Division One side Bugbrooke St Michaels.

Wellingborough started the match brightly, blazing a free kick over the bar within five minutes. The home team knocked the ball around well and were playing predominantly in the visitors half.  It took Bugbrooke ten minutes to get their first shot on goal.

Wellingborough continued to press and their best chance of the half came from a corner 25 minutes in. Ryan Cherry rose highest in the box and met the cross only to see his header cleared off the line by the Bugbrooke defence.

The game started to even itself later into the half with Bugbrooke and Wellingborough both having shots saved by their respective keepers.  The teams ended the half level with Wellingborough having the better of the chances.

Five minutes into the second half Bugbrooke claimed their first.  A free kick roughly 30 yards from goal was dinked into the box and headed across goal; and was met by a Bugbrooke player, nodding in from close range.

Bugbrooke continued to press after the goal and found themselves two up only four minutes later. A slip from the Wellingborough defender Ben Ekins allowed the Bugbrooke striker in on goal. He calmly slotted the ball past Wellingborough’s Dan Wallis to put the visitors firmly in control.

Wellingborough had to press forward in search of a way back into the game. However, this tactic was to backfire almost immediately. Three minutes later, Bugbrooke switched the play from left to right. The Bugbrooke forward found himself in acres of space on the left flank. The advancing forward controlled the bouncing ball and had the time to crack a half volley straight into the back of the net.

Wellingborough struggled to get back into the game after that and Bugbrooke looked dangerous on the attack. They controlled the game playing in the hosts half for a prolonged spell.

Jared Harwood fired a free kick into the six yard box testing Bugbrooke’s keeper. After some high pressure, Wellingborough won the ball on the right and drilled a ball low into Bugbrooke’s area.  Daniel Surridge found the ball at his feet but couldn’t get his shot away.

Bugbrooke withstood some late pressure from the hosts to keep their clean sheet and advance into the second round of the FA Vase. Wellingborough turn their attention to Huntingdon in the league, which they host on Tuesday.

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